Name: Stephanie Gruchy
Occupation: Manager, Offshore
Education: Industrial Engineering Technologist
What does your typical workday involve?
On an average day at Pennecon, I manage the day-to-day services for our offshore and crane divisions, which include; cost estimating, report generation, sales, management and coordination of offshore labor support, technical support and logistics. Liaise with clients on all matters relating to technical specifications, as well as, contractual, quality and HSE requirements.
Most of my workdays are inside at the office but I have opportunities to travel, work with teams and visit client locations office.
What do you most love about your profession? Why did you choose this career?
I love that I enjoy going to my job every day! I enjoy — the planning, the communication with clients, the overall nature of the job, and my co-workers. Every day brings a new challenge. I am continually learning and building new relationships.
I chose this career, as I loved challenging myself right from when I was young. I recognized that the oil & gas sector is an attractive sector in which I can expand my knowledge, meet different people, there are always changes and you don’t have to do the same task every day
When did you realize you wanted to work in STEM?
I realized that I wanted to work in STEM when I realized that I could help people directly and make an impact in their lives. I love that Techsploration empowers young women to explore careers in STEM and skilled trades
What were your favorite subjects in school?
I always loved sciences. In high school, my favorite subjects were biology, physics and chemistry. In post secondary, my favorite was physics and then moving on to more courses such as operations etc.
What advice would you give girls, who are still in school, who might be considering a career like yours?
Figure out what it is that drives you and chase it. Find mentors who inspire you and learn as much as you can from them. Ask questions and listen. Understand that change is inevitable, so embrace it.
Why do we need more women in skilled trades and STEM?
We need more women in STEM to provide them with role models, help teach them the skills they will need and provide the encouragement needed for the transition out into the industry. The oil and gas industry is one of the most promising industries, offering a vast variety of opportunities. As females in, we need to understand and promote equal gender representation in the oil and gas industry, understanding that it is an important factor in determining career development. Holding a management position, I intend to lead by example encouraging women to seek similar opportunities.
Who was your role model? What about this person inspires you?
I am grateful to have a plethora of powerful female role models in my network that include; Teachers, Pharmacists, Analysts, Project Managers/Coordinators, Administrative professionals etc. These friends, coworkers and family members inspire me on a daily basis through their work ethic as they create a difference, take risks and overcome challenges. We empower each other each and every day, as we encourage one another to succeed and excel in every aspect of our lives.
What do you do for fun? What are some of your hobbies/activities?
What superhero do you relate to most? Why?
We as a society are surrounded by heroes, strong cape wearing heroes that save the day. However heroes can be much more than what we see on the movie screen. Michelle Obama is a great example of one of my hero’s, cape or not. Michelle is very family oriented; she is a mom, wife, first lady, lawyer, and overall inspiration. Obama is truly a hero because of the grace and civility she carries with her, in combination of how she makes it her mission to better the lives of everyone. She goes through life empowering women; is inclusive to all and wants to better the world. Obama inspires us to be the best versions of ourselves, be strong in identifying who we are and shows us that we can have our own opinions and share them with the world. She is an inspiration to young teens and adults because she knows we are the future and she wants to give us the best environment to grow, learn, and develop in. Though she may not wear a cape or fly through the sky, Michelle is the perfect example of a hero.
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